Wine: Loredan Gasparini Venegazzu Della Casa Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, Merlot, Malbec Region: Treviso, Veneto, Italy Vintage: 1990 THE Loredan Gasparini vineyards cover 80 hectares in the Venegazzu area on the slopes of the Montello hills near Treviso in northern Italy. The company selected the vineyards in the 1950s, rightly believing them to be suitable for growing the classic red grapes of Bordeaux. All the wine produced is made exclusively from grapes grown in these vineyards. There are two wines: Venegazzu della Casa and Venegazzu Capo di Stato (Head of State). The latter, with its distinctive designer black label, is made in small quantities and priced accordingly. The Venegazzu della Casa is aged for three years in Slavonian oak barriques and further aged in the bottle before release. Purplish red in colour, the Venegazzu della Casa has an intense blackcurrant nose. On the palate there are concentrated fruit flavours and hard tannins which give the wine a long dry finish. This wine, from the outstanding 1990 vintage, will benefit from further ageing but drinks well now. Try it with roast loin of pork or with game dishes. Where To Buy: from the importer, Fine Vintage (Tel: 2896-6108), at $138 per bottle. The Capo di Stato is $227 per bottle.